NEIWPCC Executive Committee Member
Bonnie Heiple was appointed as Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) in March 2023. Heiple comes to MassDEP from the law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, where she practiced environmental and energy law nationally. Her environmental work includes litigation, regulatory compliance, and advising clients in rapidly evolving areas, including environmental, social, and governance issues. Her energy practice focused on permitting renewable energy generation, transmission, and storage projects across the U.S. A graduate of Boston University School of Law and magna cum laude from Bucknell University, she is a leader in the American Bar Association’s Section on Energy, Environment, and Resources, and serves on the boards of the Women’s Bar Foundation, Women’s Energy Network, and American Lung Association.
Representative of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner at NEIWPCC Meetings of the Executive Committee and Commissioners
Kathleen Baskin is assistant commissioner for the Bureau of Water Resources. She has dedicated her career to water resource protection, and has an impressive record of success in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Baskin previously worked as director of water policy for the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, where she served for 11 years until 2016. She has worked on water resource issues as an advocate, for the Charles River Watershed Association, and as a consultant, most recently for Weston & Sampson. Her public service also includes past membership on her local conservation commission. Baskin has her bachelor’s and a master’s in environmental engineering from Tufts University. In addition, she holds a master’s in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Robert H. Goldstein
Robert (Robbie) Goldstein was appointed to the position of commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH) in April 2023. Previously, he served as senior policy advisor at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where he focused on public health emergency response, infectious diseases, and CDC’s strategic policy initiatives. Prior to his time at the CDC, Goldstein was the medical director and founder of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Transgender Health Program, a multidisciplinary clinical program that created a safe and affirming environment for the transgender and nonbinary community of Massachusetts and New England. Goldstein holds a B.S., M.D., and Ph.D. from Tufts University.
Representative of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Commissioner at NEIWPCC Meetings of the Executive Committee and Commissioners
Meg Blanchet, M.S., REHS, is director of the Environmental Toxicology Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), Bureau of Climate and Environmental Health (BCEH). She is responsible for evaluating acute and chronic health impacts associated with chemical contaminants that may be present in a variety of environmental media. Blanchet represents MDPH and BCEH on several interagency committees and task forces, providing technical support on a variety of environmental health topics, including the health impacts of climate change. She has worked in both the public and private sectors evaluating health impacts associated with exposure to environmental health hazards for more than 30 years. Blanchet holds a master’s degree in environmental health and a graduate certificate in epidemiology from Tufts University.
For more than five decades, John Sullivan has worked for the Boston Water and Sewer Commission and has served as its chief engineer since 1990. He started his civil engineering career at the Boston Public Works Department, and over the years has held many prominent positions such as director of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy and commissioner of the Boston Conservation Commission. Among his many distinctions, Sullivan was awarded the Ralph W. Horne Award from the Boston Society of Civil Engineers in 2012. He is a certified professional engineer and holds several degrees: a master’s in business administration from Northeastern University, a master’s in emergency management from Massachusetts Maritime Academy, and a bachelor’s in civil engineering from University of Massachusetts Amherst.
F. Adam Yanulis
Adam Yanulis has more than 30 years of experience providing leadership to the public sector engineering community in New England. He currently serves as vice president at Tighe & Bond, an engineering firm. Previously, he served as a vice president at CDM Smith, where he was responsible for the sales and marketing of municipal services in New England. During his career, Yanulis has also worked for the engineering, science, and operations firm Woodard & Curran. He is active with many organizations including the American Water Works Association; in 2013, he was elected to a three-year term on AWWA’s board of directors. Yanulis received his bachelor’s in political science from the University of New Hampshire.